Species invasions

The effects of invasive species on community and ecosystem processesField work

Invasive species are capable of reorienting community composition, altering the ecosystem dynamics of such resources as nitrogen or water, and even contributing to species extinctions.

I have focused on the effects of invasive plant species on species interactions at the community-scale, and on nitrogen dynamics at the ecosystem scale. My research has contributed to the understanding that non-native species have wide-ranging impacts on the communities they invade.

Selected papers:

Corbin, J.D. and C.M. D’Antonio. 2012. Gone but not forgotten?: Invasive plants’ legacies on community and ecosystem properties. Invasive Plant Science and Management 5:117-124.

Corbin, J.D. and C.M. D’Antonio. 2011. Abundance and productivity mediate invader effects on nitrogen dynamics in a California grassland. Ecosphere 2:art32.

Corbin, J.D. and C.M. D’Antonio. 2010. Not novel, just better: Competition between native and non-native plants that share species traits. Plant Ecology 209: 71-81.

Corbin, J.D. and C. M. D’Antonio. 2004. Competition between native and exotic grasses in California: Implications for an historical invasion. Ecology 85:1273-1283.

D’Antonio, C.M. and J.D. Corbin. 2003. Effects of plant invaders on nutrient cycling: Using models to explore the link between invasion and development of species effects. Pp. 363-384 In: C.D. Canham, J.J. Cole, and W.K. Lauenroth, editors. “Models in Ecosystem Science”. Princeton (NJ): Princeton University Press